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Library Director

Town of Hamden

The Civil Service Commission announces the open competitive recruitment for the position of Library Director. This recruitment is open to the general public until Friday, July 12, 2019.

The Town of Hamden and the Hamden Library Board is looking to recruit a dynamic leader as its Library Director. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated track record for establishing innovative and creative programming in response to community needs as well as possess proven abilities in strategic planning and community relations.

The Hamden Public Library is the primary community resource for self-education, civic engagement and educational enrichment for a rapidly growing, diverse population of residents.

The Library Director is responsible for the administration and management of all library functions within the goals, guidelines and policies established by the Hamden Library Board. The Director provides leadership within the library system and serves as the official representative of the library.

The Library Director works under the direct supervision of the Mayor as a Town Department Head. The Director works in cooperation with other Town officials and must maintain effective working relationships with both community agencies and the Hamden Board of Education, as well as volunteers and the general public.

The Director plans and administers all library functions and supervises a total of 40 staff members for the central library and the two library branches with the assistance of the associate library director, branch librarians and department managers.

The preferred candidate musts have a Master’s degree in Library Sciences or Information Science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association and ten (10) years of progressively responsible library administration experience, with at least seven (7) years in a supervisory capacity.

To Apply:
Applications and copies of the job description are available in the Personnel/Civil Service Office from 8:30 – 4:30 PM daily and on the Town of Hamden website at

Closing date: Friday, July 12, 2019 @ 4:00 P.M.

Posted 6/19


Library Assistant/Clerk – Circulation

Troy Public Library

Part time, some evenings and weekends. This position includes general clerical and patron assistance tasks. The person in this position is supervised by and is responsible to the Head of Circulation. Must enjoy working with people and be computer literate.

Responsibilities include:

  1. Telephone answering
  2. Checking out and clearing library materials
  3. Patron registration
  4. Managing fine and fee collection
  5. Shelving library materials
  6. Answering directional inquiries
  7. Opening and closing the building
  8. Other related duties assigned by the supervisor

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Education: high school diploma or equivalency
  2. Experience: no previous library experience is necessary.

Work Schedule:
Must be able to work flexible hours including evenings and weekends.

$12.05 per hour

Virginia Wescott, Head of Circulation
Troy Public Library
100 Second Street
Troy, N.Y. 12180

This is a civil service position and appointment is provisional. The successful candidates must take an exam when it becomes available.

Posted 6/19


Coordinator of Outreach and Special Projects

Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System

Department: Outreach   Reports to:  Executive Director   Supervise Others:  No
Schedule: Full Time
Status: Exempt

Position Overview:
Manages the System’s Coordinated Outreach Program, develops local library programs and services to eight targeted outreach populations as identified in New York State Education Law. Manages special projects.

Key Responsibilities/Functions:

  1. Manage the Coordinated Outreach Services Program
  2. Provides expertise, mediation, facilitation and consultation to member libraries in the areas of outreach services, library best practices, and other areas as assigned.
  3. Manage assisted living, nursing home, and member library rotating deposit collection
  4. Liaisons on behalf of member libraries to the Division of Library Development in the area of outreach services; Liaisons with the New York State Talking Book and Braille Library on behalf of member libraries and the public.
  5. Coordinate special events and programs (eg. Big Read, Table at the County Fairs)
  6. Manage the Day Adventure Pass Program
  7. Manage the State Prison and County Jail library services budgets
  8. Manage the State Library Adult Literacy Grant
  9. Administer Outreach & Marketing grants to member libraries
  10. Develop target population continuing education programs for member libraries
  11. Represent CCLS at statewide outreach meetings
  12. Gather statistics, manage department budget, and prepare department reports
  13. Develops and implements Marketing campaigns, and leads the System Marketing Committee
  14. Communicate regularly with member libraries, and make frequent library site visits
  15. Travel, as required
  16. All other duties as assigned by the System Executive Director.

Qualifications and Skills Required:

  1. M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. from an ALA-accredited institution
  2. NYS Public Librarian Certification
  3. Valid NYS Driver’s license
  4. Strong verbal and written communication skills
  5. Ability to display original thinking and creativity, generate suggestions for improving working, and develop innovative approaches and ideas.
  6. Ability to work in a collaborative team environment with system and member library staff
  7. Ability to act effectively and efficiently amid changing priorities and circumstances
  8. Ability to work independently
  9. Thorough knowledge of general library methods, practices and techniques
  10. Knowledge of budgeting and grant processes
  11. Thorough knowledge of public library systems, procedures and policies particularly as they relate to a community library and outreach


  1. Three years of library experience, preferably in a public library setting
  2. Proficiency with varied technologies
  3. Familiarity using social media as an outreach, and marketing tool
  4. Social Services experience, and the ability to use creative techniques for serving underserved populations

$43,500.00 /year. Excellent benefits package.

To Apply:
Apply online on or before the closing date of July 15, 2019. Upload resume & list 3 references in cover letter via Indeed's cover letter section (under Apply Now).

Posted 6/18


Director of Library

Town of Rosendale

The Rosendale Public Library seeks a dedicated and energetic leader to direct its operations.This position requires a MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university and 2 years responsible library experience or any combination of education and experience comparable to these requirements as determined by the Rosendale Public Library Board. Provisional upon meeting the Ulster County Civil Service requirements for Library Director I. Successful candidates will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, interest in current library technology, fiscal/budgetary knowledge and ability to work effectively with a library board, library employees and the community.

Rosendale is a town in Ulster County, New York in the heart of the beautiful Hudson Valley at the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. It has a population of 6,075. The library serves 2600 cardmembers, contains more than 40,000 books, materials, and e-resources. The Library has an annual operating budget of $308,000. The Rosendale Public Library has an active Board and Friends of the Library group.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Supervises approximately 8 library staff, as well as volunteers
  2. Administers and assists in developing personnel and operating policies and procedures
  3. Responsible for library collection development
  4. Prepares and presents annual library budget proposal for approval, and monitors and approves expenditures from the official operating budget
  5. Develops short-term and long-range goals and plans for collections, services, and programs in keeping with the library's mission statement and operating policies; studies and plans development of library services to meet present and future community needs
  6. Participates in the planning, organization, and management of technical and automation services for the library
  7. Develops and directs a public relations program to promote and publicize the library's collections, services, and programs within the community
  8. Maintains knowledge of new developments in the library profession
  9. Responsible for the maintenance of the library's building, furnishings, equipment and grounds
  10. Prepares regular narrative and statistical reports for the Library Board of Trustees
  11. Prepares grant requests to state and federal agencies and non-profit foundations, and administers grant funds upon award
  12. Reviews and evaluates the library’s services and programs
  13. Serves on professional and community committees to advance the library and the library profession
  14. Performs other duties as required


  1. A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university plus two years of progressively responsible library administration experience or equivalent, preferably in a supervisory capacity.
  2. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Skill in sensitively and effectively responding to inquiries and concerns from patrons, regulatory agencies and the business community. Ability to effectively prepare and present information to Library Board and public groups. Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to appropriately deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Full-time salaried position at 35 hours per week

$55,000-$70,000 (commensurate with experience)

Health insurance, vacation and sick leave

Application Deadline:
July 1, 2019

To Apply:
Email a cover letter and resume to

Posted 6/18


Librarian I (Full-Time), I.T. and Technical Services Librarian

Olean Public Library

The Olean Public Library, located in the beautiful Southern Tier region of Western New York, seeks a technologically proficient Librarian I to manage the Library’s technology including conducting training for patrons and staff, and handling the Library’s Technical Services operations including cataloging and ordering of materials. Applicants should be proficient in the use of Word Press and social media, productivity software applications, Koha or other ILS system software, and able to troubleshoot basic hardware and software problems. Familiarity with standard cataloging procedures and ordering of library materials is required. This position is also responsible for supervision of paraprofessional technical services staff, some grant writing, collection development responsibilities, and staffing of customer service desks. Flexibility to work some evenings and Saturdays is required.

$38,630 annually plus benefits

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s degree in library/information science from an accredited American Library Association institution, or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following accepted education practices.
  2. Possession of the New York State Public Librarian Certificate by the time of appointment.

Desirable Qualifications:

  1. Customer service experience; experience training people of all ability levels in the use of technology.

Civil Serivce:
Position will be filled based on Civil Service requirements. Appointment to the position is provisional pending successful competition and placement on the eligibility list established through the Civil Service Examination process. This is a training and experience rated exam which will be held at a date following appointment to the position.

To Apply:
Submit a cover letter, resume, and three professional references to  Deadline to apply is June 21, 2019. For more information about the Olean Public Library, visit

Posted 6/18


Application Administrator/Developer

University at Albany Libraries

The University at Albany Libraries (State University of New York, Albany, NY) seek an energetic, creative, and knowledgeable Application Administrator/Developer for Library Systems. The successful candidate will be a domain expert for the management of multiple proprietary and open source/community-developed library applications, including systems that support interlibrary loan, electronic reserves, proxy, archives, special collections, and institutional repository services. The position is responsible for administering, developing, integrating, deploying, and maintaining production-level library technology services that are robust, high-quality, and reliable, and meet the needs of library patrons and the University. The external services are primarily complex applications that are available to the campus community, and the internal services support library operations.


  1. Implement, troubleshoot, and maintain both proprietary and open source software with varying levels of external support
  2. Work with library faculty and staff to select, test, and evaluate a variety of applications to fulfill library-specific services and workflows
  3. Collaborate with other library departments in planning, supporting, and managing technology-based services, such as the Ares electronic reserves management system, ILLiad resource sharing management system, EZproxy proxy server, ArchivesSpace archives information management system, Solr search platform, Hydra/Hyrax repository system, and Arclight digital media search software
  4. Configure and modify a variety of open source software to customize functionality in order to meet a variety of particular librarian and end-user needs
  5. Continually evaluate, maintain, and restructure existing systems to streamline infrastructure, reduce support needs when possible, and ensure sustainability
  6. Envision and design systems that span multiple interoperable applications and function as networks in order to simplify user access to resources
  7. Learn and adapt to prevailing best practices in library technology
  8. Monitor Help Desk tickets for the assigned applications to ensure timely completion and communication of problems
  9. Share with other Library Systems professional staff night / weekend / holiday responsibility for restoring library systems and services to normal working conditions when they become inoperative

The successful candidate will fulfill an important partnership role within the University Libraries and participate in University-wide initiatives, such as an institutional repository; be professionally active; and perform other duties, such as committee service. The Application Administrator/Developer reports to the Head of Library Systems and all work will be performed on site.

For additional information, including qualification requirements and application instructions:

The University at Albany is an EO/AA/IRCA/ADA employer.

About the University at Albany:
Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research, and public service engages a diverse student body of more than 17,900 students in nine schools and colleges across three campuses. Located in Albany, NY, New York State's capital, the University is convenient to Boston, New York City, and the Adirondacks.

Posted 6/13


School Library Systems Specialist

Questar III School Library System

Job ID:

Job Description:
Questar III BOCES is looking for a full-time (10-month school schedule plus 20 days in summer) School Library Systems Specialist based out of our central office in Castleton, NY.  This position is responsible for assisting school librarians and library staff within Rensselaer, Columbia and Greene counties. The incumbent works closely with school librarians to assist with database orders and to provide support related to system programs and services. The position conducts trainings on various topics and services; manages the library automation catalog patron and bibliographic records; maintains the system wide union catalog; actively participates in professional development; assists the Director with reporting requirements; and other duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates must have a valid NYS Library Media Specialist.  Preferred candidates will have minimum of three years of SLMS experience and knowledge of library trends; knowledge of automated information management systems; excellent communication, organizational and computer skills; knowledge of instructional methods, strategies, and pedagogy; knowledge of curriculum development processes and learning theories; and knowledge of national and state standards for information and technology literacy.

To Apply:
Questar III BOCES prefers an online application – please apply at  In addition to your on-line application, please scan and upload supporting documentation including resume, certification, and letters of reference. For more information on Questar III, please visit
Application Deadline: 07/08/2019
Start Date: 09/03/2019

Posted 6/13


Part-time Librarian I

Moffat Library of Washingtonville

The Moffat Library of Washingtonville has a part-time Librarian I position available in our busy, newly-renovated and expanded library.

The person filling this position will be expected to toggle between all departments, including children's, teens and adults with ease.  This position requires: strong customer service skills; flexibility; a positive attitude; an understanding and ability to work with people of all ages; the ability to multitask; knowledge of children’s, teen and adult literature; and a good working knowledge of and comfort with current technology and trends.  Experience in performing reference, reader's advisory and digital instruction for multiple age groups is a plus.  

Tuesdays 5-8 PM; Thursdays 5-8 PM; Saturdays 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  

Part-time candidates must possess M.L.S./M.L.I.S. degree + NYS Public Librarian's Certificate at the time of appointment. May 2019 MLIS graduates are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume & 3 references to Matthew Thorenz ( by July 1, 2019 for consideration. Please specify in Subject line: Librarian Position.   No calls please.

Posted 6/13



Plattekill Public Library

The Plattekill Public Library, a Special Legislative District Public Library in Southern Ulster County is seeking a Director to oversee library operations serving a community of 10,000 residents, managing an annual budget of over $450,000, and supervising a staff of 3 full time and 7 part time employees.

The salary range for this position is $50,000 to $60,000, with a competitive benefits package, including participation in the New York State Retirement System.

Required Qualifications:
MLS from ALA accredited school; Possession of a current New York State Public Librarian’s professional certificate at time of application. Applicant must meet the training and experience criteria for Director I job specifications as set forth by the Ulster County Department of Personnel for permanent appointment.

Preferred Qualifications:
3-5 years of progressively responsible library administrative experience. Experience should include a broad background in management, administration/human resources, operations, fundraising and finance, as well as knowledge of library services, operations and collections.


  1. Responsible for administering the safe and efficient operation of the Library, its programs and services, in compliance with all applicable laws, and policies and decisions of the Board;
  2. Oversees continuous development of relevant library materials and services; responsible for the development of the Library's collections; plans and implements programs and services for patrons.
  3. Exhibits a high level of administrative and supervisory skills including: recruiting, hiring and training new employees, as well as coordinating the continued training and development of staff members; administering personnel policies; preparing performance evaluations of staff members; record keeping; preparing the annual budget, state and local reports; and oversees the financial audit;
  4. Possesses exceptional interpersonal, written and oral communication skills;
  5. Exercises considerable professional skill, initiative and good judgment, and the ability to establish effective working relationships with staff, volunteers, Friends of the Library, patrons, the public and the Board to promote the library as an integral and vital component of the community;
  6. Familiarity with current and emerging technologies and their application(s) in a library setting.

To Apply:
Qualified applicants should submit cover letter, résumé, and contact information for three references no later than July 29, 2019: Donna Ebanks, Secretary Board of Trustees Plattekill Public Library 2017 Rt. 32, Modena, NY 12548

Posted 6/11




The Board of Trustees of the Princeton Public Library (NJ) seeks an innovative and seasoned Executive Director to manage the Library’s stellar staff and to ensure that our award winning library continues to improve, innovate and grow as the town’s most valued public destination.

The Ideal Candidate:
The Executive Director will have the demonstrated ability to:

  1. Lead, motivate and manage a highly skilled and dedicated staff.
  2. Formulate and manage a budget.
  3. Sustain and strengthen current municipal operating and capital funding.
  4. Raise significant private sector funds.
  5. Oversee the progress of the Library’s 2019-2021 Strategic Plan, think critically and creatively to advance the Library’s mission and vision and express a clear vision for the future.
  6. Embrace all constituencies that comprise Princeton’s vibrant, diverse population.

The Executive Director reports to a nine-person Board of Trustees and is responsible for the overall management and direction of the Library through the collaboration and support of an extraordinary team of senior management personnel and talented, knowledgeable staff. Specific responsibilities include:

  1. Leads library staff in a collaborative environment by maintaining a positive organizational climate.
  2. Develops and shares a vision that strengthens the Library’s position at the forefront of innovation and public engagement.
  3. Ensures library programs, services and collections are exemplary, available, inclusive, equitably distributed, representative of a variety of views, and responsive to the community, reflecting the library’s mission, vision and strategies.
  4. Exercises day-to-day supervision of direct reports, establishes individual goals and objectives that support the Library’s strategic initiatives, communicates expectations and provides the resources necessary for success.
  5. Promotes the use of library services, collections and facilities by the entire community; monitors library use, evaluates library effectiveness, makes adjustment to procedures and services, and reports on the use by community members.
  6. Ensures the success of the Library’s fundraising efforts, including the annual appeal and endowment or capital campaigns by working with the development team to steward, cultivate and solicit donations as well as to generate new sources of revenue.
  7. Oversees the preparation of the Library’s annual operating and capital budgets and in cooperation with the Finance Director is responsible for executing those budgets in a fiscally responsible manner.
  8. Maintains positive, productive relationships with the members of the Library Board and external stakeholders including the elected municipal officials, municipal staff, community leaders and organizations, members of the Friends Council, members of the Foundation Board, donors and other funders, state and national library leadership, NJ State Library staff and members of the public.
  9. Prioritizes creating a welcoming, inclusive, appealing, safe, comfortable, sustainable and convenient facility and evaluates the design and layout of the Library for accessibility and ease of use by the public and for efficient staff work flow.
  10. Ensures robust marketing and communication strategies in order to increase use of library services and participation in programs and events.
  11. Encourages and supports outreach efforts to the underserved and non-user populations.

The Princeton Public Library:
Established in 1909, the current 61,000 square foot Princeton Public Library is the most visited municipal library in New Jersey. The Library serves a population of approximately 30,000 residents (as well as a large university population) that value the Library and view it as their favorite destination in the town. There are 35 full-time and 35 part-time employees as well as 350 volunteers who are extremely dedicated to making the Library an outstanding public institution. Consistently rated 5-stars on the LJ Index of Public Library Service, the Library has a 2019 operating budget of $5,581,591 and a capital budget of $287,500.

The Princeton Community:
Renowned for the world-class university that shares its name, Princeton is a vibrant and diverse community located halfway between New York and Philadelphia. Princeton is home to scholars and artists affiliated with Princeton University, the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton Theological Seminary and Westminster Choir College. The town has first-rate municipal services, including award-winning public schools and ample open space for passive and active recreation. Princeton is home to the Tony Award-winning McCarter Theatre Center and has a dazzling array of other cultural opportunities year-round. Though its rich history dates to Colonial times, Princeton is a hub for contemporary discovery and innovation and is regularly included in lists of Best Places to Live. Additional information about the Library and the Princeton community can be found at

An ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science, a New Jersey librarian certificate issued by Thomas Edison State University (or eligibility for immediately acquiring one) and a minimum of ten (10) years of public library management experience with a five year demonstrated record of significant success in the supervision of administration and operations. Preference will be given to candidates with Director/Assistant Director experience or candidates who have successfully worked with a governing body of a large non-profit institution.

In addition to fulfilling the major responsibilities and qualifications of this position, the successful candidate will also possess superior interpersonal and consensus building skills, show sensitivity and awareness of group dynamics and foster an environment of open and honest communication. The new Executive Director will be an effective library leader who is able to demonstrate a strong commitment to securing the role of the Library as the major cultural, intellectual, and social heart of Princeton.

Other Important Information:
New Jersey residency is required within one year of the date of hire. Successful completion of a criminal and financial background check is also required.

The salary for this position is highly competitive and includes an individualized compensation package. Health coverage is subject to a NJ State mandated employee contribution and membership in the New Jersey Public Employee Retirement System is mandatory.

To Apply:
Submit via e-mail a cover letter, resume and the contact information of three (3) quality job references that must include a current or former board member or supervisor to Bonnie Sprouls, Human Resources Director at by July 31, 2019. Applications received after that date may not be considered.

The Princeton Public Library is an ADA/EOE compliant employer.

Posted 6/11


Library Director

Petersburgh Public Library

The Petersburgh Public Library, a municipal library serving a population of approximately 1,500 residents in Eastern Rensselaer County, is accepting applications for the position of Library Director. The Library Director works under the general direction of the Library Board of Trustees and is responsible for day-to-day operations of the library.

The Board is seeking a creative and energetic person with administrative experience. Library experience will be considered a plus. The position requires a two year college degree or equivalent.

This is a part-time position working twenty-six hours per week with a starting salary of $24,000 per annum. The position will start August 5, 2019.

To Apply:
Please send a cover letter, resume and the names and contact information for three professional references by the submission deadline of July 8th. Submissions via US mail should be addressed to JOB SEARCH, Petersburgh Public Library, PO Box 250, Petersburgh, NY 12138. Submissions via email should be sent to

For a detailed job description, go to:

Posted 5/7


Library Director

Jersey City Free Public Library

The Jersey City Free Public Library seeks a dynamic, visionary leader to serve as its new Library Director (the “Director”). Under the leadership of the Board of Trustees, the Director leads the Jersey City Free Public Library in developing a vision and implementing its strategic goals. The Director works closely with elected officials in the city of Jersey City and with other city departments, divisions and outside agencies. As a highly visible community leader, the Director must have the talent, skill, and energy to exercise considerable initiative, independent judgment and politically savvy acumen to ensure that library services complement the needs and desires of the broader community; and provide high caliber 21st century library services.

Established in 1891, the Jersey City Free Public Library has a long history of innovation and service and serves a host of patrons in the most diverse city in the United States. The historic Main Library, six regional branches, three neighborhood branches and a Bookmobile are hubs of activity, with a wide variety of programming for children and adults. The Library has New Jersey’s largest and most extensive collection – Biblioteca Criolla -- dedicated exclusively to Spanish-language works, and to presenting Latino culture from all Spanish-speaking nationalities. Library services and collections are provided by an experienced staff of approximately 97 full time staff and approximately 20 part-time staff.  In the future, the Library wants to recruit a large group of active volunteers who assist library staff.

Once the new Director is installed, The Jersey City Free Public Library Foundation Board, which is distinct from the Board of Trustees, intends to eventually strategize to launch a capital campaign to strengthen financial support for the Library’s initiatives: strengthening and increasing children's literacy programs throughout the city; activating library spaces and fostering robust community engagement via programming and other methods; increasing the Library’s prominence as a digital community hub;  capitalizing on the city’s dynamic diversity by addressing the varied interests of the African-American, East Asian, Hispanic, LGBTQ, Millennial and South Asian communities as well as the many affluent people moving to Jersey City; and renovating and modernizing library buildings and infrastructure.

Successful candidates will bring to the role extensive experience in developing and implementing 21st century library services and programming, demonstrated skill or potential in fundraising at significant levels including cultivating and securing six-figure and, ideally, seven-figure gifts, a singular ability to work with diverse ethnic and cultural groups, an ability to form and leverage partnerships with a variety of constituent groups and a proven ability to lead, develop and manage both a diverse staff and budget well. An MLS, or equivalent, from a program accredited by the American Library Association, and a minimum of ten (10) years of increasingly responsible library management experience is required.

To Apply:
Confidential inquiries, nominations, and referrals should be emailed to both:

Paul Barrett
Sr. VP Executive Search
National Executive Service Corps

Sugandhi Tanwar
Manager Executive Search & Marketing
National Executive Service Corps

Posted 6/7


Executive Director

Ramapo Catskill Library System

The Ramapo Catskill Library System (RCLS) in Middletown, New York, is seeking an Executive Director.  This is an opportunity to lead an innovative, collaborative, future- oriented library System in the Lower Hudson Valley, New York area.  We seek a leader who believes in visible leadership, empowering others to act and serve with accountability and integrity; supports professional staff development through education, mentoring, etc.; actively listens to all stakeholders; understands the demands of the evolving nature of the modern library and has skills to foster continued growth that supports new innovation and diversity.

Top candidates’ experience should reflect our core values:

  1. Equitable access to all library services throughout our service area;
  2. Open and effective communication with all member libraries, staff and trustees;
  3. Providing high quality consolidated and cooperative services in the most cost-effective manner;
  4. Increasing awareness about the value and importance of library services through active advocacy;
  5. Promoting a work environment of innovative, proactive, empowered staff who encourage respect for and trust in each other.

RCLS is a diverse consortia of 47 independent public libraries.  RCLS has a $4.9 million budget and a Full-Time staff of 25 working together to provide excellent service and value to member libraries and their patrons through current technologies, efficient resource sharing, collaboration, and shared expertise.  The service area of RCLS encompasses four counties: Orange; Rockland; Sullivan; and southern Ulster.  This service area covers 2,467 square miles with a population of 803,351.

General Summary:
The Executive Director, under the direction of the eleven-member Board of Trustees, has the overall responsibility for the general administration of System operations.  This includes planning, directing, managing and overseeing the activities and operation of the System.

The Executive Director supervises and manages all RCLS staff, works with the Board, member libraries and their staffs, and any major stakeholders.  Working with these groups, the Executive Director will facilitate the design of a strategic vision for the System which aligns its mission with member library and community needs and priorities.

Proven Skills and Abilities:
RCLS is looking for a candidate with a track record of vision, creativity and enthusiasm who wants to be part of an environment that is forward thinking.  We seek a Director with demonstrated:

  1. Written communications skills;
  2. Persuasive public address skills;
  3. Flexibility;
  4. Political expertise at local, regional, state and national levels;
  5. Collaboration, consensus building and conflict resolution skills; and
  6. Experience in recruiting, building and mentoring a workforce.

Minimum Qualifications:
Minimum qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science; ability to obtain and retain a New York State Public Librarian Certificate, and a minimum of eight (8) years professional experience with a minimum of two (2) years administrative experience preferably in a public library system environment.  Management experience in government, business, higher education or non-profit enterprises will be considered.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. MBA or MPA Degree;
  2. Experience and skill in strategic planning and fiscal management;
  3. Demonstrated commitment to resource sharing and access to information in a member driven environment (familiarity with issues of consortia);
  4. Proven knowledge of library automation, telecommunications, and emerging technologies;
  5. Proven skill in vendor negotiation with the express purpose of lowering consortia costs without a degradation or loss of services;
  6. Valid driver’s license and access to a vehicle is required.

Additional Skills:

  1. Experience with diverse populations;
  2. Foreign/ASL language ability;
  3. Familiarity with legislative processes.

The hiring salary range is $130,000 - $140,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.  A probationary period of six (6) months will be followed by an evaluation by the Board of Trustees.

RCLS is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to Affirmative Action and the treatment of all individuals with courtesy and respect.  Women and Minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:
Via Email
Please attach resume, cover letter and at least three (3) written letters of recommendation on company letterhead and email in PDF format to

Via US Mail
Ramapo Catskill Library System
ATTN: Search Committee
619 Route 17M
Middletown, New York 10940-4395

Travel stipend for interviews will be considered for non Tri-State area candidates.

A full job description for the position may be accessed here Executive Director Jobs Description. This job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and the employee and is subject to change by the employer, as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Deadline for submission to be received at RCLS is: 06/28/19

Posted 6/7


Children’s/Youth Services Librarian         

Roeliff Jansen Community Library

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Copake, NY, is seeking an energetic and creative part-time Children’s/Youth Services Librarian to develop and oversee the Library’s children’s and young adult collections and programs. The Children’s/Youth Services Librarian, who reports to the Director of the Library, will also assist with circulation and reference duties, materials processing, and community outreach.

Specific responsibilities:

  1. Work with the Youth Team to plan, promote, implement, and evaluate programs for children, young adults, and families
  2. Maintain and develop the children’s and young adult collections, selecting, ordering, processing, cataloging, and repairing materials
  3. Recruit, train, and work with youth-oriented volunteers including, perhaps, a youth advisory team
  4. Work with local schools and camps to introduce young people to the Library
  5. Identify opportunities to secure grants for programs geared to children and young adults
  6. Work the circulation desk, field reference questions, assist patrons with computer questions
  7. Maintain statistics and develop reports
  8. Take responsibility of the building in the absence of the Director

The candidate must have strong customer service skills and be able to work with people of all ages and temperaments, especially with children and young adults, be comfortable with computer and A/V technology and savvy with social media, and enjoy working as part of a team.

This is a 20 hour/week position. Candidate must be able to work weekends and evenings as needed.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree, MLS preferred

Hourly rate dependent upon education and experience.

To Apply:
Please send resume and letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for this position, along with the names and contact information for three professional references, to Tamara Gaskell, Director, at Review of applications will begin July 1.

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted 6/5


Communications and Technical Services Associate

Roeliff Jansen Community Library

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library in Copake, NY, is seeking an energetic and creative part-time Communications and Technical Services Associate to oversee the Library’s communications and to help maintain and process the Library’s circulating collection. The Communications and Technical Services Associate, who reports to the Director of the Library, will also assist with circulation and reference duties.

Specific responsibilities:

  1. Work with Library staff and program committees to promote the library and its programs
  2. Maintain and expand the Library’s social media presence
  3. Compile and edit the Library’s e-newsletter
  4. Write and send press releases on Library activities
  5. Help create and circulate flyers/posters for events
  6. Help select materials for the adult collection
  7. Process and catalog new materials
  8. Work the circulation desk, field reference questions, assist patrons with computer questions
  9. Take responsibility of the building in the absence of the Director

The candidate must be comfortable with computer and A/V technology and savvy with social media. Experience with Constant Contact, WordPress, and Photoshop a plus. Must have strong writing and customer service skills and be able to work with people of all ages and temperaments and enjoy working as part of a team.

This is a 20 hour/week position. Candidate must be able to work weekends and evenings as needed.

Minimum qualifications:

  1. Bachelor’s degree, MLS preferred

Hourly rate dependent upon education and experience.

To Apply:
Please send resume and letter explaining why you think you would be a good fit for this position, along with the names and contact information for three professional references, to Tamara Gaskell, Director, at Review of applications will begin July 1.

The Roeliff Jansen Community Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted 6/5


Librarian III (Spanish Speaking), Head of Children’s Services

Ossining Public Library

Do you have a passion for library services to children?  Do you want to work for an award-winning public library serving an engaged, diverse community?  The Ossining Public Library is looking for a community-focused, mission-driven Librarian III (Spanish Speaking) to lead our Children’s Services Department.

The Head of Children’s Services reports to the Library Director and manages and oversees our busy, engaging Children’s Services Department, including children’s programming, collection development, readers’ advisory, library technology, reference services, and community engagement.  Works collaboratively with other departments, library administration, community groups, schools, and other agencies. Manages and oversees the training and development of Children’s Services staff.  Plans and evaluates collections, programs, and services to best serve the children of the Ossining Community.  Provides leadership in developing new services, collections, and programs for children.  A passion for providing library services for children is a must.

Desired experience, knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  2. A strong desire and ability to plan, build, and evaluate innovative library services
  3. Strong knowledge of librarianship, collection development, library programming, and library service to children
  4. Ability to effectively communicate with others
  5. Ability to use and teach current technologies
  6. Good judgement, resourcefulness, a positive attitude, and flexibility
  7. Ability to motivate others, lead teams, assign work, and evaluate staff performance
  8. Commitment to excellent customer service in a multicultural, diverse environment
  9. Ability to speak and understand Spanish (required)

Salary and Benefits:
$65,586 - $83,472, competitive benefits package

Minimum training and Experience:  
Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science from a library school that is accredited by the American Library Association or recognized by the New York State Education Department as following acceptable educational practices and at least four (4) years professional library experience subsequent to MLS.  Successful candidate must take and pass the Spanish oral proficiency exam prior to appointment.  Successful candidate must ultimately be reachable on a Westchester County Civil Service Librarian III (Spanish Speaking) list of eligibles or otherwise eligible for appointment.  Placement is subject to Westchester County Civil Service approval.

Ossining, New York is located in the beautiful Hudson River Valley just 34 miles from Manhattan.  Ossining is a 50 to 60 minute commute from Manhattan on the Metro North Hudson Line and boasts an award-winning public school system, numerous parks and trails, robust arts and cultural opportunities, and a walkable downtown.  

To Apply:
please send an application, resume, and cover letter to:

Karen LaRocca-Fels, Library Director
Ossining Public Library
53 Croton Ave.
Ossining, NY 10562

Posted 6/4


Library Director

Town of Westerlo Public Library

The Town of Westerlo Public Library seeks an enthusiastic, creative individual to help our rural municipal library further our mission to enrich lives, promote lifelong learning, and strengthen our community.

Serving a population of 3,300, the Westerlo Public Library values customer service.  It has an annual budget of $83,000 and is governed by a seven-member appointed board of trustees.  The Library recently completed extensive renovations including interior improvements in furnishings and utilities, as well as a new community room with a state-of-the-art projection system.  The Board is looking for a director with strong skills in innovative programming to expand the use of this space.   For more information about our library and our town, please visit and

The Board of Trustees is looking for a candidate with strong leadership skills whose duties will include but not be limited to:  management of library operations, budget management, personnel administration, collection development, program development, facilities management, grant application/administration, and community and public relations including website maintenance.

The minimum qualifications for this position include at least two academic years of full-time study in an approved college or university or its equivalent.  Library experience and education will be considered a plus. The position is a Civil Service position.  The selected candidate will be given a provisional appointment with a permanent appointment contingent upon passing the appropriate Albany County Civil Service exam.

Salary & Schedule:
This is a 30 hour/week position with an annual salary of $28,000.   Benefits include two weeks of paid vacation, participation in the New York State Retirement System, and eligibility to enroll in the Town’s health insurance coverage.  The Board encourages and supports Continuing Education opportunities for the Library Director.

To Apply:
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least two professional references to the Search Committee via email at

Application review will begin July 1, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Posted 6/3


Assistant Director

Rye Free Reading Room

Under the direction of the Director, the Assistant Library Director assists in planning, organizing, supervising, developing, and administering all library services, personnel, operations, and programs. The Assistant Library Director is responsible for the overall daily operation of all public service and technical service departments, assists in the development of the library’s annual operating budget, and assumes the duties of the Library Director in their absence.

Salary Range : $80,000 - $90,000

Essential Functions:
Leadership and Administration:

  1. Assists with the management of the Rye Free Reading Room; assists the Library Director in the administration of the Rye Free Reading Room; and assists in the development and implementation of policies and procedures.
  2. Provides active support to colleagues and library customers in resolving questions or problems that might diminish a user’s experience at the library.
  3. Manage professional and support staff and administer personnel actions, including retention, formulation of personnel policies, employee discipline and participation in collective bargaining, selection and evaluation of employees.
  4. Establishes departmental goals based on the library strategic plans, and works with managers to develop individual performance expectations and provides the resources necessary to achieve success.  
  5. Maintains the highest level of professional development by encouraging staff participation in seminars, conference and professional development activities so that staff is aware of current and emerging trends, technologies and customer service standards.
  6. Allocate staffing resources to ensure public service functions at the library are courteous and efficient. Conducts training and orientation for new staff and volunteers.

Development Activities:

  1. Actively promotes awareness and utilization of the library such that development efforts are favorably considered when the community is asked for support.
  2. Works closely with library staff to ensure that fundraising activities are well-organized and carried out in a professional, effective manner.

Public Service:

  1. Provides reference and readers’ advisory services at the public service desks, including answering questions, providing technology assistance, and locating materials on the shelves.
  2. Supervises the use of library meeting spaces and art galleries for programs and exhibits, including scheduling, orientation, and room set-up requests.
  3. Oversees collection development for the library, including selecting and de-selecting materials according to library policy.
  4. Manages library building in terms of appearance, housekeeping, and maintenance.

Relations with the Community:

  1. Works closely with the Director to advocate for the library’s overall vision and plan for providing services to the community.
  2. Works with individuals and groups in the community to obtain feedback on the library’s performance and determine methods for meeting the needs of various groups in the community.

Other Responsibilities:

  1. Develops, implements, and evaluates library programs that respond to current trends and to the needs of the Rye community.
  2. Maintains the highest level of personal growth and development through participation in seminars, conferences and associations related to libraries and organizational development.  Maintains awareness of current and emerging trends and issues relating to public library development.
  3. Oversees the collection of data for library performance metrics.
  4. Ensures equal access to all library services for library customers.
  5. Actively supports equal employment opportunities consistent with the library’s employment policies and state and federal law.

Education and Experience:
The Assistant Library Director must have at least two years of supervisory experience, including personnel management, and at least five years of public library service, hospitality service or customer service.

ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science and New York State Public Librarians Certificate

Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Comprehensive knowledge of:

  1. Personnel management.
  2. Team building, consensus management and planning.
  3. Staff development and training.
  4. Public relations and marketing.

The ability to:

  1. Establish and maintain effective working relationships with library
  2. customers, professional colleagues, the Board of Trustees and other library advisory groups, and the general public
  3. Analyze library service needs and develop ideas to effectively provide service to meet community needs and demands.
  4. Plan and supervise the work of large and diverse staff in a team environment.
  5. Work evenings and weekends.

To Apply:
Please send cover letter and resume to

Full description available at 

Posted 5/29


Library Director I

Seymour Library

Library Director serves as administrator of the Library overseeing all Library functions. The responsibilities of the position include: implementing policy as determined by the Library Board; developing and executing services and programs for users of all ages; hiring, evaluating, and supervising library staff; overseeing collection acquisition, access, storage, and control; overseeing the maintenance and safety of the physical plant; and performing other duties as assigned by the Library Board. The Director reports directly to and works under the general supervision of the Library Board.


  1. Plan, supervise, and evaluate Library collections and services. Set materials budgets; oversee all collection development/management activities.
  2. Participate in the development of long-range plans responding to the changing needs of the community.
  3. Develop and recommend policies and policy revisions; interpret and implement Board approved policies.
  4. Maintain statistical records and prepare statistical and narrative reports to meet the needs and requirements of New York State, the Library Board, funding agencies and patrons.
  5. Represent the Seymour Library at Monroe County Library System meetings.
  6. Keep the Library Board fully and accurately advised of all facets of Library operations, prepare monthly board reports, and attend Board and Committee meetings.
  7. Assist and guide local volunteer groups (e.g., Friends of the Seymour Library) with Library promotion, fundraising, and enhancement of services.
  8. Design and produce public relations and library instruction materials; oversee web site development and ensure its currency.
  9. Organize and conduct orientation of new Library Trustees, in conjunction with the Library Board President.
  10. Inform and advise the Library Board as to local, regional, state, and national developments in the library field.
  11. Participate in professional organizations and attend meetings, workshops, and continuing education courses to keep current in library science.


  1. Assist the Library Board’s Treasurer in formulating annual budget.
  2. Monitor Library funds according to guidelines established by the Library Board.
  3. Develop and execute fundraising plans in conjunction with the Library Board, Friends of the Library and the Seymour Library Foundation.
  4. Identify grant opportunities and oversee submission of proposals.


  1. Administer personnel policies and maintain personnel records.
  2. Prepare and revise job descriptions as needed, interview candidates, and recommend personnel changes to the Library Board.
  3. Conduct regular staff meetings; supervise staff; delegate responsibilities; provide leadership to the staff.
  4. Work to increase diversity in library staff.


  1. Supervise the maintenance of Library property and equipment and recommend repairs, alterations, and new construction.
  2. Oversee the work of custodial staff, and the care and maintenance of the Library building and grounds.
  3. Regularly review building needs and advise the board in its planning for future expansion or development.


  1. Represent the Library and its interests at the local, regional, and state levels; develop strong working relationships with other community organizations.
  2. Conduct presentations to local organizations and groups on Library collections and services.
  3. Publicize Library activities and achievements through press releases and the Library's website.


  1. Ability to effectively communicate ideas and information in both verbal and written form.
  2. Consistently demonstrate professional demeanor.
  3. Knowledge of public library philosophy and principles.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of current library technology, including the ability to troubleshoot desktop and network problems.
  5. Ability to establish and maintain priorities and meet deadlines.
  6. Respect for diversity of the staff and patrons.


  1. Full-Time: 40 hours per week.
  2. Probationary Period
  3. The initial appointment will be probationary for a 9-month period, with a review at 3 and 6 months. At the successful completion of the probationary period, the candidate will be given permanent appointment.

Salary and Benefits
Minimum salary of $60,000. 4 weeks of accruable vacation days per year after 6 months of service; 10 accruable sick days; 6 paid holidays; 3 personal leave days; Medical/Dental insurance; New York State Retirement.

To Apply
Interested individuals meeting the minimum qualifications should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names, titles, and phone numbers of three professional references by June 7, 2019 to:

Taysie Pennington, President
Seymour Library Board of Trustees
161 East Avenue
Brockport, New York 14420

The Seymour Library is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted 5/28


Library Director

Phelps Library & STEAM Lab Makerspace

Educate. Collaborate. Cultivate. Grow.  The Phelps Library and STEAM Lab Makerspace (NY) seeks an engaged and visionary Director to Educate and Collaborate with cross-sector community members, Cultivate new ideas, partnerships and opportunities based on community needs, and Grow the thriving STEAM Initiative at this award-winning Library.  The successful candidate will lead this pioneering and dynamic Library with a talented, motivated staff of 4PTE, an annual budget of $214,000 and an innovative, fully renovated, and well-equipped 4,600 sq. ft. facility with strong support from its community. The seven member Board of Trustees seeks an inspired and gifted Director, who will continue the Library’s stellar programs while developing and implementing new service models. A catalyst for STEAM, Making, and Technical Skills for all ages, the Phelps Library is an open source of inspiration to formal and informal educators regionally and nationally.   Opportunities include the implementation of a 1,600 sq. ft. expansion, the development of the Library’s 2020-2022 Strategic Plan, and the growth and evolution of the Library’s STEAM Initiative.

Phelps, New York, is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes region, known for its beautiful lakes and vineyards. Phelps, a charming village and expansive township with thriving businesses, was once known as the Sauerkraut Capital of the World and holds an annual Sauerkraut Weekend each August. Phelps has a wide variety of dining venues and a unique experience to taste local wine and beer, which one can enjoy all while relaxing and overlooking the majestic Flint Creek Falls. There are several parks within walking distance where one can splash in the creek or enjoy a picnic. Located between Rochester and Syracuse, there is access to a wide variety of educational and cultural activities.

The Director of the Phelps Library reports to a seven member Board of Trustees of this Association Library and member of Pioneer Library System. The Director plans, organizes, directs, evaluates, and reviews the Library’s resources, services, and programs. Work is accomplished through collaboration with key team members who manage various organizational elements. Overall responsibilities include the management of all library staff, fostering effective and empathetic internal and external communications; providing sound fiscal management while strengthening current funding sources and seeking additional revenue sources; continuing to support and promote a shared vision for library service and programming; and developing cross-sector, collaborative relationships with a variety of local, regional, and statewide educators, businesses, and organizations.

Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of managerial experience, or any equivalent combination of experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Highly desired is educational or nonprofit experience focused on an area of STEM or STEAM programming and progressively responsible experience in planning, development and administration. Essential attributes and skills include visionary leadership skills, the ability to build productive partnerships through civic engagement, sensitivity, flexibility, and creativity; a sense of humor; experience with budgeting and financial management; and operational excellence.

The starting salary range is $40,000-$46,000 (dependent on qualifications).

To Apply:
For further information, please visit Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or PDF attachments to This position will close June 21, 2019.

The Phelps Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and values diversity at all levels of its workforce.

Posted 5/23


Community Services Librarian

Yonkers Public Library

The Yonkers Public Library is currently seeking a Community Services Librarian. The candidate will be responsible for planning and carrying out multi-faceted information and programming activities which include public relations, social media curation, grant writing and administration, and event planning. The ideal candidate will have good interpersonal and communication skills, be flexible, approachable, self-motivated, and be able to work independently and as part of a team.

The position is being offered at the Librarian ll level, requiring a minimum of two (2) years of satisfactory professional library experience. This is a Civil Service position, and the position will be filled provisionally until an examination is scheduled. A permanent appointment is contingent upon the results of the examination.

To Apply:
Please send resume and cover letter to

Posted 5/23


Children's Librarian

Wyandanch Public Library

The Wyandanch Public Library seeks a dynamic Children's Librarian to become part of the Wyandanch Team.

Under the supervision of the Librarian II, the Children’s librarian works as part of the WPL team and performs basic library work with a strong  concentration on service to children (ages birth- 12). The incumbent will be responsible for taking the led for all children services for this suburban library in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York, which serves a diverse population of 12,000 residents.

This position requires professional knowledge of children services, high self motivation, strong interpersonal skills, ability to work collaboratively, and the passion for working in diverse communities. Class of 2019 LIS graduates are encouraged to apply.     


  1. Develops, maintains, and promotes the children's collection.
  2. Plans, conducts, schedules, and evaluates age-appropriate programs
  3. Maintains the attractive appearance of the children’s room/area
  4. Acts as an advocate for children and their educational and social needs within the library and engages in work with schools, childcare centers and other local agencies that work with children
  5. Periodically provides reference all age groups

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library school; ability to receive a Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York
  2. General experience working with the public in diverse communities
  3. Knowledge of children's literature and programming as well as child development
  4. English (required); Bilingual skills highly desirable

Job Type:
Full-time (Provisional)

To Apply:
Please submit a meaningful cover letter along with your resume,and the names of three current references to: Edwin B. Maxwell, Director  Wyandanch Public Library, 14 South 20th Street Wyandanch, NY 11798 or email

Application deadline is Tuesday, May 28th, 2019.

Posted 5/21